I didn't get the NICU job...what do I do now?
0Jul 20, '11 by obprofHi, I am an experienced L&D nurse who teaches OB at a local college and hold a master's degree as a WHNP. I used to work in L&D for many years, now teach OB at the same hospital I used to work at. I recently interviewed on the NICU where the nurse manager knows me. There were 70 applicants for 3 positions! I got interviewed w/11 others, but didn't get the position. I really want to be a NICU nurse (the pay in teaching is terrible!) and I really thought I would get offered a position because my references were checked (and glowing) and because the nurse director asked if I was interested in eventually being a manager because she is retiring soon.
So, I didn't get the position and don't know if I should:
A. Try to get a position back in L&D at that same hospital in the hopes that eventually another NICU position will open up and I will have another chance?
B. Take a night shift position at that same hospital in postpartum (mother/baby)?
C. Completely forget this hospital and take a critical care position at another hospital that has a NICU. I recently interviewed for an IMCU position and may get offered it?
D. Go back to school to get a DNP w/a neonatal specialty?
E. Doing something else??? (Fill in the blank).
HOW CAN I GET INTO NICU??? I know it's hard right now to get jobs, but it kills me that just 2 years ago the new grads I TAUGHT are working NICU and I'M NOT!
Any advice is appreciated! THANKS!Last edit by obprof on Jul 20, '11
0Jul 20, '11 by puttinontheritzI understand your frustration. I also have an MSN as an adult NP but I've reached a new chapter in life and the NICU is where I want to be. The more I look, though, the more it looks like the odds are stacked against me. I thought about volunteering in a rockers program to get my foot in the door, but I don't know if this will do it. I'd love to hear any advice or tips as well. There is nothing sweeter than a baby and I feel like it's where I belong.
0Jul 22, '11 by llg GuideWhat do you WANT to do? Which option appeals to you the most? Are more attracted to one unit (L&D, post partum, or IMCU) more than the others. Assuming you were going to have to work at this next job for a period of a couple of years ... which one would be most appealing to you. Don't think of the job as a temporary job, but as a career. Pick the unit that you could have positive feelings about as the start of a new stage in your career. If you think of it as "settling" and "temporary," none of them will seem attractive and your negative attitude may poison your chances of success.
I don't think you should be getting a DNP focusing on NICU if you have never worked in a NICU. You might hate it -- and that would be a huge waste of resources.
0Jul 25, '11 by SteveNNPI would try other units in the area. Or look into a volunteer program in the unit you want to work in. At least it's a foot in the door!
I wouldn't recommend getting a DNP with a neonatal specialty, especially since it's one of the few specialties that actually requires NICU experience.
Dust yourself off and try again. You'll find something!